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Jurassic Park 4 Update: We’re Trying to Get the Story Right

It still hasn’t quite sunk in that Jurassic Park 4 is a movie that is actually being made, but the project is in fact happening. Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were hired to write the project in June, and apparently they’re hard at work trying to create a sequel that honors Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic dinosaur film. had the chance to catch up with producer Kathleen Kennedy while she was promoting the 30th anniversary of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, and she offered a quick status update. Apparently the Jurassic Park 4 team has felt the pressure from fans ever since the movie was announced.

“Writing, writing, writing,” Kennedy said when asked about the film’s status. “It’s really hard to keep these things going when there’s an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there going, ‘Okay. We have to answer the question, Why do another one?’ If you can’t answer that question, you shouldn’t be doing it. It’s tough.”

She continued, “We’re trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn’t going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We’ve got to start with a script and the story.”

We’re glad she’s taking such care with the project, as apparently the studio behind it just wants to crank out another moneymaking machine. Kennedy makes it sound as though she, Silva and Jaffa are going to do whatever they can to make this a quality film, though.

“[The studio] is just like, ‘When?!'” Kennedy said with a laugh. “They don’t care about the agony we’re going through!”

Jurassic Park started life as a 1990 novel by Michael Crichton and was turned into a film three years later by Spielberg. Both were such hits that Crichton wrote a sequel called The Lost World that Spielberg also adapted. A third film came out in 2001, along with a slew of collectibles, toys, video games, trading cards, amusement park rides and comic books.

Before the new film comes out, though, fans will get a chance to see the original film translated into 3D and released theatrically on July 19, 2013.


  • sandwich eater

    I’m glad that they’re continuing the story, you’d expect Hollywood to reboot the series.  I think there’s a lot of potential for a story about the dinosaurs making it off the island and causing problems for human civilization as well as causing severe ecological devastation.  The first novel ended implying that dinosaurs had made it to the South American mainland.

  • sandwich eater

     The movie should avoid being about yet another expedition to dinosaur island that goes horribly wrong.  There’ve already been 2 movies that followed the formulas.  I’d say it’s time for dinosaurs to make it to the mainland.

  • BeastieRunner

    I wouldn’t mind some mainland escapades.

  • BeastieRunner

    As long as we don’t get just Raptors.